Officer, suspect killed in California shootout

  • Officer, suspect killed in California shootout

Officer, suspect killed in California shootout

The shootout occurred around 5:30 p.m. (0030 GMT) in Riverside, California, about 55 miles (86 km) east of Los Angeles just off U.S. Interstate 215, CHP Assistant Chief Scott Parker said at a press conference.

Officer Andre Moye stopped the driver of a GMC pickup truck and determined the vehicle needed to be impounded, according to CHP Inland Division.

"Jennifer and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers grieving the tragic loss of Officer Moye, who will be remembered for his commitment to serving the Riverside County community and the people of California", Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

A CHP officer and a suspect were killed and two officers were seriously injured in a gun battle in Riverside, officials say.

Debbie Howard, Moye's stepmother, told reporters she texted him when she happened to see numerous squad cars speed past her.

The suspect who opened fire at the officers was also killed, authorities said. You're not going to hear one bad word about him. "He loved this job".

"We don't know his motive for this crime", Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said.

One of the CHP officers was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

That's apparently when the driver pulled out a rifle from his truck - and suddenly began firing.

Video after the shooting showed bullet holes in the front windows of two patrol cars and large holes blown in their back windows. "And I'm sorry for the policeman", he told KABC-TV.

"She said she heard "pop, pop, pop" ... gunfire, and then a bullet went through the windshield of her vehicle", Luther said of his son's wife.

"He's my hero", Moctezuma said.

Investigators did not immediately release detailed information on the traffic stop or on the suspected gunman. Snipers were posted on the roof as a precaution.

Dozens lined up and saluted as the officer's flag-draped body was removed from the hospital and placed in a hearse. Then motorcycle officers escorted the hearse in a procession to the county coroner's office.